After starting 2 dazzling attacks on the last stage of Volta a Catalunya and ending a solid 8th overall, Team Sky are convinced quietly that Chris Froome is on way for a huge bid in July for a 3rd Tour de France honor.
In the build-up to Tour de France, nothing is more than timing, and the performance in a hilly trackway in central Barcelona reveals that Froome, while not at hundred percent as of now – and nor must he be with 3 months still to go, is progressing steadily in the perfect direction.
The Volta a Catalunya, which is one of the top three stage races in Spain, threw up some other challenging lessons, given it was won in perfect style by Nairo Quintana, a two times runner-up in Tour de France behind Froome and at the age of twenty-five, 5 years his junior.
Sky are specifically happy as last time this time, Froome was in the middle of a tough return from a chest infection. As Froome harnessed what is just his 2nd race of the season, it is a very much different story. Even though Froome has never looked to be in the list for the overall win, Sky said that he is well on track for the summer.
Nico Portal, the team director, stated that they are really very well. Compared to previous year at this point, he is doing fine. All he is lacking is the top-end speed that comes with greater contest. On the two big mountain stages that decided the race, Chris was up there till the last part of the stage, where his rivals put in the big accelerations. This is very encouraging.